After following my dad's daily photo blog for over a year now, I find myself in a new city with so much to explore and learn. Unlike my dad, who's reporting on a city he's known for decades, I'm hoping that by setting up a daily photo blog of my own, I'll be able to take advantage of a great opportunity to get out and figure out what Johannesburg, South Africa is all about! As an American expat here, there's so much that I've been finding exciting, curious and utterly foreign, so I welcome all thoughts, comments, reactions and of course - explanations!
I picked this photo as a starting point not only because to me it says 'road to the unknown,' but also because it shows one of the most common sights on the South African roadways - the minibus taxi. These vans carry around 60% of the country's commuters, mainly from the poorer classes. While many motorists complain of their blatant disregard for traffic rules and their tendency to overload their vehicles, they provide a more affordable alternative to car ownership, improving mobility (and opportunity) for many.